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Sep 28

SMS Spam - Maybe we will have to follow the Indian example?

Posted by Dissol in spam , sms


I really hate spam.  I have to have spam filters on my email accounts to block unwanted sales pitches, but I get especially annoyed with SMS spam as it is much less easy to block.  So maybe we ought to follow the Indian example in order to block SMS's?

Jun 20

Edging towards viable anti-spam legislation

Posted by archived_user in spam , Protection of Personal Information Bill , mobile , Dr Pieter Streicher , Consumer protection act ,


By Dr Pieter Streicher, MD of

Dec 15

The Paranoid Web

Posted by Jas in spam , social media , Security , passwords


So after the recent news of Gawker Media having their websites hacked, I've received countless e-mails from many other services, all in a flurry and panic that the password that I've used will have been hacked, and that I should change them all immediately.

Now I'd like to think that, as a non-causal user of the Internet, that I have pretty secure passwords (which if I count on fingers, usually pass over the 15-digit value including the use of alphanumerical and non-standard keys) so I'm fairly confident that it would take more than a few years worth of processing power to brute force one of my passwords.

So why is it now, all of a sudden, YouTube sends me a mail to inform me that my account has been accessed by a third party, and that it's been suspended (its not all that much of a biggie for me – I rarely use the site anyways). I just begin to wonder how it's been accessed by a third party – since I know for a fact that my password is roughly 14 characters in length? Methinks this is just more wide-spread hysterics, or the beginnings of a story of how insecure their own IT Infrastructure might be...

Overall, I'm actually rather tired of all this spam I'm getting from different services I've signed up to (which makes me think its time to go on a mass-exodus from these other ventures). The Web's paranoid, methinks. (and what really gets me is that people know they should be using strong passwords, and yet still fail miserably at generating them. Find a pattern, differentiate that pattern between each site – its really not all that difficult to do).

Jun 24

Who gave you my details?

Posted by OS GIKEN in spam , Reeds Opel , Outlook , holiday , email , Cell C


Where did they get it, and why are they sending me this information?
New deals at Reeds!
Cell C gives you R40 opt out sms STOP.

Mdunguni safety gates, now 20% off to you, thank you for your support.

Game special vouchers up for grabs, sms SAVE to...

Holiday club specials, go when no one else goes!

spam inbox

And the list of simple emails and sms's are endless. Where did they get my details...whenever I sign or agree to anything online I make doubly sure that there are no boxes ticked or no questions answered that gives them the remote possibility that they can "alert me of updates" or "send me promotional packages on free gifts and savings" or "subscribe and receive more for less". I made sure.
The only people that have my details such as cell number and email address are the service provider and the bank, my work and FaceBook - I know FB cannot sell off my information, why would they, if they are spying on me, they'd know that I'm not interested in safety gates or updates on new Opels!


Where do the people who send us promotional updates or any kind of marketing material, get our details? I've been away from work for 5 days, when I got back, my Outlook was filled with 600 unread emails...and the worst of it all...60% of that was over the weekend, yes, a Saturday and Sunday spam affair! From new camera's and PlayStations to TV's and DVDs and groceries and new houses on the market to new cars to new offers from insurance companies...when did I show interest, when did I agree to accept marketing material from all these companies? When did I knowingly hand over my details?

The worst is, that to try and stop all this spam is virtually impossible...I can't stop it, to stop it costs money! You didn't pay me to accept your material, why are you asking for money now to get your to stop bombarding me with your material?


How did they decide that spamming people's phones and mailboxes was an acceptable form of advertising? Is there an advertising body in SA? When did they decide that sending me an sms at 3 in the morning telling me that if I reply now, I can get 15% of the next golf clubs I buy? I never bought any golf clubs, as a matter of fact, I never set foot into any golf shop!

OS over and out - how do I stop this seems to happen every month end, once a month, then there's no spam, and then all of a sudden, a horde of emails and sms's are sent my way in hope that I respond and react to it? Is this something I'll have to live with? Something I'll have to accept? Is this something that has become a norm, are they hoping that if I don't respond, I'll meet a total stranger who wants to buy golf clubs, and then tell him about that sms number and maybe he'll get 15% off the next golf club? Is this their strategy, to get me to talk about how bad a service this is, when its actually a good idea?

Jun 18

Five things you hate about FaceBook

Posted by ShackledMuse in zynga , spam , settings , privacy control , phising , mafia wars , farmville , Facebook , ads


I've said it before and I'll say it again. People love to hate facebook. Some hate facebook so much that they'll log onto facebook and update their status to how much they hate facebook. A few reasons include boyfriends/girlfriends flirting with other online users, slow connections, cyber bullying (none for which FaceBook can actually be blamed for.)

Others have valid reasons. They complain because some aspect of Facebook annoys them. Here as some reason:

-  Privacy Control -  Way too many email notifications -  Strangers sending them stuff -  Too many ads -  Too many requests from applications (like FarmVille)

Luckily all of these can be fixed.


Apr 09

Spam Protection Mystery

Posted by thenack in viagra , thenack , spam , SEO , penis , julius malema , food , drol


A while ago I desided to remove the akismet spam filter from my site. Just to, you know, see what happened. BAM, I was hunted down like a deer with one leg. Spammers got to me man, they got me good. I probably got about 50 spam comments a day, ranging from viagra to hamburger recipes. What I found interesting though, is that the spammers all conglomerated on two or three of may older posts. They didn't comment on any otehr post, but hammered these, all the spammers, spaming together in one place. Could anybody tell me why they all spam in the same place? Is it some kind of SEO think??

The comments started with penis enlargement, went over to viagra, and now recipies? Yeay, like for cooking food and stuff. ??!!!

74 comments  and counting, it seems they have realised that I already have a large enough penis, and am now in search of viagra to get it going, and food recipies to impress the ladies. Nice going guys, thanks for the help

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Feb 27

SPAM SPAM SPAM - How much is too much?

Posted by Flycatchr in [grrr] , Worldchat , spam , marketing , Checkers



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